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Wakehouse Woodfire Grill & Barrel: New Menu & Big Event

FROM THE July 12 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we took a moment to chat with Wakehouse Grill in Reedley’s owner and General Manager Preston Baker about a special event taking place this Saturday and some recent changes.

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Third Act Theatre Co. Presents [title of show]

FROM THE July 12 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week Third Act Theatre Co. in Visalia will be presenting the musical [title of show]–it will be there first show. We took a moment to speak with those involved in Third Act Theatre Co., Executive Producers/Directors Alex Church-Gonzales, Nico Cristallo, and Vincent Paz-Macareno, about the show and how they came together.

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Valley Animal Center: Sauer

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Joseph Riloquio


Sauer is an eight and a half year old Queensland Terrier mix. Sauer was surrendered to us at Valley Animal Center in December of 2016, just before the Christmas holiday. Having been with us for a few years now, Sauer is one of our longest residents.

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The Celebration of Eid al-Fitr in Fresno

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Tales of Diversity SECTION

by Wasan Abu-Baker


Eid al-Fitr is a three-day holiday that all Muslims celebrate at the end of fasting the month of Ramadan; it is a wonderful and fun holiday for everyone. The Eid is a reward for all Muslims who fast during the month of Ramadan and is celebrated on the first of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

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Once Upon a Spine By Kate Carlisle: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Rare-book restorer and bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright finds herself falling down a rabbit hole of confusion in this eleventh delightful Bibliophile Mystery. For weeks Brooklyn has been visiting almost daily the neighboring Brothers Bookshop, where she lusts after an 1866 first edition second issue print of Alice in Wonderland. It’s nowhere near as valuable as a true first edition that was ultimately recalled, but one of the owning brothers-in-law still refuses to sell it.

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Food Mysteries for your July Reading

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of food related mysteries-A Crime of Passion Fruit: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander, Death of a Lobster Lover: A Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery by Lee Hollis, French Fried: An Ethnic Eats Mystery by Kylie Logan, & The Tell-Tale Tarte: A Five-Ingredient Mystery by Maya Corrigan. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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Q & A With Local Children’s Author Jean Chaffee

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Every Other Book SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL will be interviewing several local authors over the next several months and this week we are interviewing children’s book author Jean Chaffee, who is the wife of the late Dr. Paul Chaffee who was the Fresno Chaffee Zoo vet for 30 years and the zoo director for 25 years. The zoo was named in honor of him at his time of passing. Her books are based on fun, true stories about beloved zoo animals located at the Chaffee Zoo.

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Death by Vanilla Latte By Alex Erickson: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


It seems secrets have been kept. Everyone at Death by Coffee, Krissy Hancock’s coffee shop/bookstore (named after a mystery book by Krissy’s dad, James Hancock), knew he was coming for a book signing. Everyone but his own daughter that is. No one is more surprised than his biggest fan, Rita Jablonski. For a moment, it looked like she’d faint from sheer joy at being near her writing hero.

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The Magic of 210 in Visalia

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Evelyne Vivies SECTION

by Evelyne Vivies


Of all the battles one might choose to pick at this moment in history, fighting for the right to party may seem low on the list. But don’t tell that to the masses of people huddled in front of Richard Garoogian and his group of impromptu musicians, singers, and comedians that make their way to the 210 every Saturday morning for their Morning Cup of Jazz.

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Seniors & Pets

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by National Council for Aging Care


Aging in place is an increasingly popular decision among the elderly in America, and indeed across the world. The ability to stay at home, in a familiar environment, surrounded by the things and people you love brings many seniors a feeling of wellbeing that can’t be matched by even the most comfortable retirement community.

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Run Dog Run By Kathleen Kaska: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Kathleen Kaska


Kate Caraway loves her life in Kenya. She’s working on a research project involving the diminishing number of elephants and making progress until she meets up with four poachers. Things go badly, enough so, she and her husband have to leave the country in a hurry. After years away from the US, where can she call home?

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Bananas about Baskets: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gary Hoffman


Jacob was sweating and his stomach felt nauseated, but his Uncle Leo always made him nervous at these meetings. He watched as his uncle did his usual slow dance over his ledger books. The old man would run his finger down each row of columns and then look up at Jacob and give him a half-smile when he got to the bottom. He seemed to have a calculator in his head.

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The End of Magic By Amber Benson: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrence McArthur


Have you ever turned on the TV and found a movie you always wanted to see, but it’s more than halfway through, and you don’t have the “View From Beginning” option? Who are these people? Why are they doing these things? That’s what it’s like to read the last book of a trilogy when you haven’t read the first two.

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Murder and the Cloth: Grantchester

FROM THE July 8 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Grantchester, first aired in 2014 (UK) and 2015 (US), is entering its third season, Sunday nights on PBS. Based on The Grantchester Mysteries, a collection of short stories by James Runcie, this detective drama is set in the 1950s.

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